Why Not A Cup Of Kevin?

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There's nothing like a good cup of coffee...I only drink one in the morning (and its usually half full with flavored creamer) but I do enjoy a good cup of joe...which reminds me...joe? why joe? I know a couple of wonderful guys named Joe but when I see them, I don't think of coffee...

Anyway, its been awhile since my last giveaway so I wanted to have one this weekend...and I'm gonna let this one perculate a good long while (not the best thing for coffee I know). So this giveway is gonna last 48 hours, that way it'll give those who don't get on the computer on the weekend a chance on Monday to leave a comment.

So here's the giveaway:

(wow, my kitchen window actually looks clean)

(1) $15 Gift Card to Starbucks (in case you want something cold instead)
(1) 18 oz Travel Mug
(1) 12 oz bag of Starbucks House Blend Medium Ground Coffee

So here's what you need to do... leave a comment to the question, just one comment per person please (and if you leave a potty mouth comment a.k.a. leave a comment that is inappropriate, it'll get deleted--) and when time's up, I'll ask Daisy our faithful Basset Hound to speak and the number of times she barks, that'll be our winner...no wait, she's on spring break this week (visiting the folks in St. Pete) I guess I'll just pick a number out of a hat...anyway...

The giveaway ends Monday at 5:00 p.m. Eastern
April 27th, 2009...
(yes that's right...it ends on Monday!)

And the question you need to comment on?

"When you go out for coffee what do you usually order?"
and if you don't order out coffee, that's ok! make something up!

I usually order a large Cinnamon Dolce
(and I'm not sure exactly what's in it but man, it's good)

so grab a cup of joe (I still don't get it) and leave that comment!


Hey Mark! What Number Am I Thinking Of?

It's been almost a week since my last post...so I'm a little rusty..but I thought I'd give yet another example of a typical evening at our house...

I cut my finger today cutting up some chicken breasts and a few hours later, as we settled in at home, I turned on the tv and a commercial came on for the Oprah show...

it featured a woman who had cut her finger while cooking dinner, and was now in a coma with a flesh eating bacteria...

No sooner had the thought, "I need to take the band-aid off and look at my finger RIGHT NOW!" entered my brain, Mark looks over at me and says, "you think you have a flesh eating bacteria now, don't you?"

25 years together will do that to a couple...


Life With Hayden: A Lumberjack And His Chainsaw

Today my son used a chainsaw for the very first time...

He helped his dad and grandpa cut some dead branches off of the Box Elder tree in grandpa's front yard...and I thought I would sit outside and watch.

And after spending 30 minutes watching and fretting, I've decided that it's probably a good thing if I don't go outside when my son is using a machine that could potentially leave him armless, legless, headless...

out of sight out of mind...sorta

Anyhoo, once the color came back to my face and my hands stopped shaking, I got the camera out and took a few pictures of the mighty pile of branches he cut off...and this being Hayden, he wanted to make sure he got a pose out of it.

I think he thinks he's Paul Bunyan, and that's okay...as long as he doesn't call me Babe the Blue Ox...

Travel Time: Clicking My Ruby Sneakers

Having arrived at grandma and grandpa's house, I have some time to post...

Something I wanted to share...

There's no place like home to celebrate Easter

We spent Easter morning at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. While it is a very beautiful place, with stained glass, flowing robes, candles and gold crosses, the Word marched down the center aisle, the church towering above all other buildings surrounding it, rich in beauty and history...it wasn't home.

Friends and family, gathered together to worship Him on that most joyful morning is home. Singing, praising, worshiping together within the walls of a beige building off of 121 is home. Looking out across a grassy parking lot, to see a wooden cross with a white scrap of cloth draped over it, surrounded by a few potted lillies is enough, is plenty, is satisfying...is home.

Dorothy got it right..."There's no place like home, there's no place like home..."


Travel Time: South Of The Border

What 14 1/2 hours in a minivan with a cranky wife and three teenagers will do to a man...
Mark and the Jackalope


He Is Risen

I haven't posted in almost a week...
like everyone else, we've been busy...

With things like...

taking our 15 year old to get his restricted driver's license
(Hayden got it on the second try,
don't tell him but it took me five tries)
cleaning up the aftermath of a garage sale
trying to get all the laundry done before leaving for vacation
dropping the dogs off at the doggie spa, for a day of pampering
(no, not really...they're at the local kennel getting a bath)

and all the normal everyday things
most families do during the week...

and so we're taking a little vacation, a little break, a little siesta...

We'll see you in about a week...
so in the mean time...
Have a blessed Easter!

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn,
they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.

And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
but when they went in they did not find
the body of the Lord Jesus.

While they were perplexed about this, behold,
two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.

And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground
the men said to them,
"Why do you seek the living among the dead?

He is not here, but has risen.

Remember how he told you,

while he was still in Galilee,

that the Son of Man must be delivered
into the hands of sinful men
and be crucified
and on the third day rise."

And they remembered his words,
and returning from the tomb they told
all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.

Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna
and Mary the mother of James
and the other women with them

who told these things to the apostles,

but these words seemed to them an idle tale,
and they did not believe them.

But Peter rose and ran to the tomb;
stooping and looking in,
he saw the linen cloths by themselves;

and he went home
marveling at what had happened.

Luke 24:1-12 ESV


At The Cross

It was now about the sixth hour,
and there was darkness over the whole land
until the ninth hour,

while the sun's light failed.
And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said,
"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!"
And having said this he breathed his last.

Now when the centurion saw what had taken place,
he praised God, saying,
"Certainly this man was innocent!"

And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle,
when they saw what had taken place,
returned home beating their breasts.

And all his acquaintances and the women
who had followed him from Galilee
stood at a distance watching these things.

Luke 23:44-49 ESV


How I Spent My Saturday Evening...

Lest anyone doubt when I twittered the other day that our Basset Hound, Daisy was snoring...

like owner, like dog...huh Barb?


The Garage Sale And Me...Day 1

Well, Day 1 of my garage sale commenced at 7:45 a.m. this morning...it went very good! So good in fact I'm scanning the office right now, looking for anything else I might put in the pile...


I met some nice people this morning, talked to a few friends, got to hold a cute baby while his nana shopped and crocheted quite a few rows on an afghan for a May bride...plus made some moolah!

All in all, a very pleasant morning!

And by-the-way...
on Saturday everything will be 1/2 off! Come and get it!


Life With Hayden: Someone's In The Kitchen With Hayden

Look what my kid made tonight...
(sitting on my chipped plate)


a Pineapple Upside Down Cake...

for homework...

In his English class they are studying poetry...
and tomorrow they are having a poetry party
where each item of party food must begin with...
the letter P.
and Hayden chose...
you guessed it,
Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
(I tried to get him to bring peanuts...
how was I supposed to know
that the kid is a better baker than me?)

He really made this on his own,
(with some supervision from dad)
he bought the cake mix, the pineapple rings,
read the recipe on the side of the box,
decided to use the bundt pan,
and bing bang boom...
he's made the best looking cake
that has graced this kitchen in months...

I wonder what kind of party he might have for biology class?

A simple shopping story...

Her cart was dripping. The grocery cart she was pushing around the produce section of the big box store I had just entered was drippin...